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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pumpkin Joy

I'm so excited to share my pumpkin this year!  After spending about 20 minutes the other day searching though the pumpkin bins at Walmart, I finally found the perfect gourd!
Here's a snapshot of Finn checking it out:

Carving it didn't take too long and was a lot of fun.  Finn liked to hide under the newspapers and thwart my efforts for perfection.

And here is the finished product!  Foxes are kinda a thing for me right now :)

 Happy Halloween!
Wishing everyone a fun and safe evening!
xo~ Shera

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My favorite Halloween Movies

So I guess most of these are not very Halloween-ish.  But they are my favorite scary movies to watch so please enjoy! 
xo ~ Shera

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Very Zombie Birthday!

Even though my sister's birthday was back in September, I thought this would still be an appropriate time to share what I got her for her birthday.  I would like to point out right now that contrary to popular belief, I am not paranoid, and I do not think that there will be a zombie apocalypse in the near future..or ever.  Although I love The Walking Dead and sometimes wonder if I could last in a zombie infested world, I am not obsessed, I just maybe got a little carried away.  For Hannah's birthday last year, I gave her a DVD of one of her favorite movies, Aaah! Zombies!! so this year I planned to continue the tradition and, like I said, got a tiny bit carried away. 

Here's a peek at her card:
We both have a bit of a dark sense of humor.
I gave her three packages that said:
1) To prepare you for the horrors ahead
2) To equip you to survive
3) and just in case you don't make it
I also took the time to create her a booklet to go with the last present.  I took pictures of her favorite male celebrities and colored them to make them look like zombies! (Because I'm just that thoughtful.)

From the big grin she is givin' the camera, you can tell that she got a big kick out of it all!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo - Shera

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My favorite Halloween Movies: Old school edition

Rear Window
James Stewart stars as L.B. Jefferies, a photographer with a broken leg, home bound and bored, who has taken up spying on his neighbors with a pair of binoculars for entertainment.  He becomes convinced that one of his neighbors has committed murder and with his girlfriend, Lisa, sets off to solve the case.  Lisa is played the stunningly beautiful Grace Kelly so you know a movie with these too has got to be good!  The 2007 Shia Lebouf film, "Disturbia" is actually a remake of this classic film.  This Hitchcock thriller will keep you guessing and holding your breath till the end!


Another Hitchcock film, (I promise they aren't all!)  Once again starring James Stewart as John "Scottie" Ferguson, a retired San Fransisco detective who now suffers from acrophobia (a pathological fear of heights) and can get vertigo (see this word of the day) just by standing on a chair.  He is asked by an old friend to investigate his much younger wife who is involved in some pretty strange activities.  But at the same time Scottie finds himself becoming more and more obsessed with the beautiful but strange woman played by Kim Novak.  There are a lot of twists and turns in this movie - a lot of which I didn't even understand!  With plenty of retro special effects, this movie is sure to be a Halloween delight!

Dial M for Murder

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock (last one I promise) and based on a stage play by Frederick Knott, "Dial M for Murder" stars Ray Milland as Tony Wendice an professional tennis player living in London with his wealthy wife Margot, played by Grace Kelly.  Margot is having an affair with an American crime-fiction writer so Tony hatches a clever plan have his wife murdered by blackmailing a petty criminal.  Things don't go as planned however and Tony must improvise quickly if he wants to carry on with his heinous plot.  This good old fashioned crime mystery will keep you on your seat!

 Arsenic and Old Lace
Starring Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who, despite having published a books citing that marriage is old fashioned, marries his sweetheart Elaine Harper on Halloween day.  Before leaving on their honeymoon, Mortimer stops by to visit his elderly aunts, who are regarded as the sweetest women by their neighbors and his brother Teddy who believes himself to be Theodore Roosevelt.  Just as he is planning to leave, Mortimer discovers that his aunts are really homicidal maniacs who poison lonely elderly men and bury them in their basement.  Things get more complicated when Mortimer's brother Jonathan arrives, a murderer on the run from the police with his plastic surgeon accomplice, Dr. Einstien.  This dark comedy is based on a play by Joseph Kesselring.  Probably one of my favorites, it's laugh out loud funny, plus it has Cary Grant who makes the greatest faces!



It's based on the board game, (my favorite) 'nuff said.  Side splitting humor and three different endings!  What more could you ask?

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 

I feel like this Halloween special needs no introduction.  If you haven't seen it then you haven't lived.  I grew up watching "The Great Pumpkin" and it really isn't Halloween until I've seen it :)

xo ~ Shera

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Book Review - Spooky Edition!

Both of these books I discovered by accident about a year ago when the Borders bookstore by my house was closing and they had a huge sale.  I went with a friend of mine who introduced me to the Christian fiction section which we subsequently raided.  I came home that day the proud owner of two spooky looking horror and suspense books.  Had they not been on sale I probably would not have bought them just because I do not usually buy books I haven't read before.  But after spending a weekend filled with hair-raising chapters and stressful plot twists, I can say I'm very glad I did.
"Nightmare" by Robin Parrish, was probably my favorite out of the two because the characters were a little closer to my age and easier to connect with.  Maia Peters, the main protagonist is the daughter of two world-renowned paranormal investigators.  She is a college student who is trying desperately to fade out of her parent's spotlight so she can live her own life.  When visiting the hottest new amusement park, Ghost Town, with two friends they enter the famous Haunted House ride.  Not expecting to be affected in the least, Maia counts the ride off as a Hollywood-induced hoax until a face appears from a mist and whispers to her "The nightmare is coming."  The face belongs to Maia's former friend, Jordin, who, she finds out the next the day, is missing.  Together with Jordin's fiance, Derek, a pastor's kid who has very different beliefs then her own, Maia sets off to unravel the mystery of Jordin's disappearance, not knowing whether or not it's to late to save her.
I'm not going to lie, it was the title and cover that really attracted me to this book.  I liked the simplicity and the mystery that it offered and that's what originally drew me in - not a lot of books have that, I feel.  The story for me was easy to read and understand.  It was also very easy to keep reading.  It begs an interesting and controversial question about ghosts and the paranormal.  If you do decide to give this book a read, I highly recommend that you read the author's notes at the end where he gives a brief explanation of his beliefs about the paranormal.  Oh and the author is a He!  I initially thought that He was a She because of how well I felt the character of Maia was written.  So yeah, it's a great book, and you can buy it used on for one cent!  You should definitely read it!

Written by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, both of whom are well known for their acclaimed supernatural thrillers, "House" was completely not what I expected.  The book follows Jack and Stephanie, a married couple still grieving over the loss of their daughter and most likely headed toward a divorce.  They meet up with Randy and Leslie, a dating couple, after getting lost and stranded at an old Victorian house which is serviced as an inn but a creepy, backwoods family.  Just as you think the night can't get any more chilling, the power goes off and it is revealed that they are locked in the house by a serial killer who claims he will murder all seven of them if they don't kill one of their own by dawn. 
Expect this book to get creepy as the story progresses.  A lot of it I wasn't sure I understood, it was like reading a bad nightmare.  But I couldn't put it down - it was that gripping!  There is a lot of symbolism and hidden meanings.  Fun-fact!  This book was actually made into a movie by Lions Gate.  Just like most movies, it didn't follow the book exactly and the plot differed a bunch.  It seemed like they were trying pretty hard to cut out the Christian symbolism in it.  I actually found the book to be a lot scarier than this R rated film version.  But it was cool to see it in on screen.  You can get the book used on Amazon for one cent and the DVD for 1.99! 
I recommend both of these books for a spooky Halloween read!
xo ~Shera

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Addressing my issue with unrealistic horror films

Tis the Season some say for the creepy, disturbing, deadly, gory, and supernatural flicks that Halloween lovers die for, (pun intended.)  I myself have never really had a taste for these kinds of movies.  Maybe its because I'm a wuss when it comes to horror films, or maybe its because most of them are not very realistic.  I'm serious, this kind of thing usually bothers me.  When Paranormal Activity came out everyone was raving about how awesome it was and I'll admit that it was heart-stopper but it disappointed me because I didn't find it very realistic. 

I'll admit it, I have a weird problem when it comes to horror movies.  I am the only person I know who can't stand unrealistic horror movies.  I'm not even sure why that is.  I guess maybe this is because I have nightmares a lot, and creatively vivid ones at that and so my brain really does not need anymore material to work with.  So maybe it's some kind of unconscious defense mechanism.  But whenever I see some movie with a mutilated clown or razor toothed vampire or giant winged monster from hell, it's just like, give me a break!  That could never happen!  Why would I want to sit through that when I won't learn any useful survival skills?

Give me real life situations, like serial killers, cannibals, stalkers, and murders alike.  Don't ask me why, that is just the way I am.  I love crime shows like Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, Bones and stuff like that.  I prefer a scary movie that is realistic like that.  Or, you know, a musical.

xo ~ Shera

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Ghost of Pumpkins Past

One of my favorite Halloween traditions is the carving of the pumpkin!  It's one of my oldest memories too, sitting in the kitchen carving them with my dad and my sister.  I like to get pretty creative with my pumpkins.  One year, in middle school, I carved Puss in Boots from Shrek.  I was very proud of that pumpkin, I wish I had a picture of it.
I haven't carved my pumpkin yet this year but here are some snapshots of the one I did last year.

My brother loves Angry Birds.  He did not help with the actual carving but as you can see from the above photo, he did help model.
 Hope you enjoyed! I can't wait to see more pumpkins as the month progresses!

xo~ Shera

Monday, October 8, 2012

Musicbox Mondays

I love the wardrobe in this video! Reminds me of the TV show Pan Am.

xo ~ Shera

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cold Weather and Wendy's Treats

It's finally getting cold!  I'm very excited even though there is a good chance it will get warmer again next week.  Yesterday afternoon I was walking around in a sleeveless dress but that evening I ended up in jeans, boots and a jacket and I slept under two blankets, nearly freezing.
I took my little brother and our two cousins out to Wendy's after school.  They loved it and I loved that it only cost me six bucks!  (And of course the whole making children happy thing, I loved that too.)
It was a sweet treat after a long day of school and a fun break for Luke after doing working hard in the yard.
I was pleasantly surprised to awaken to a chilly day.  Luke had a soccer game early this morning that I went to.  My sister and I sat in the back of the car, wrapped under a blanket and sipping warm coffee.  She listened to 100 Monkeys on her ipod and I worked on my math homework.  We are such supportive sisters.
xox ~ Shera